all information found here is dated and given the rate that law
and regulations change, it is advisable to contact relevant
agencies of all governments to get the best information
possible. When possible, links to government web pages
will be made here but even those are commonly out of date.
Beware and be safe, double check everything to avoid
problems. Remember, even a single forgotten bullet in you
coat or luggage can cause serious problems in many countries.
and complying with laws and regulations here in the United
States isn't enough, you must comply with those laws of the
destination country too.
exiting the United States with a firearm, register it with
U.S. Customs and Boarder Protection so you can prove you
left the country and avoid problems when returning to the United
States. You will need a completed CBP
Form 4457 to present to a Customs and Border Officer upon
your return to the U.S.
- International travel advice can be found at the U.S.
Department of State for traveling abroad with firearms and
is a good place to start your education.
- Information about Canadian
requirements for taking a shotgun or rifle to hunt can be
obtained from the Royal
Canadian Mounted Police web site. (REMEMBER
may be taken into Canada)!
- If you are driving, remember you will cross Canada and NO
short arms are permitted.
- A SEMARNAP hunting permit is required and comes in six
I-Waterfowl, Type II-Doves, Type III-other birds, Type
IV-mammals, Type V-limited
are issued from a Government Licensed Dealer in Mexico.
addition to the SEMARNAP hunting permit, foreign hunters need a
consulate certificate, special visa, and military gun permit.
The consulate certificate may be obtained from any Mexican
embassy or consulate upon presentation of a letter from the
hunter's local police or sheriff's office (on original police
letterhead) verifying that the hunter has no criminal record.
This certificate is also necessary for obtaining the military
gun permits, which is issued by the army garrison in the major
border town in the Mexican State in which you are going to hunt.
of U.S. Citizenship is required. This document, must have your
picture on it (i.e. Passport) if not, your voter's registration
card accompanied by a photocopy of your Drivers License will
suffice. Additionally, 8 passport size pictures are usually
required with each gun permit and hunting license issued and the
final number of pictures depends on the State you are hunting.
Finally, a new regulation requires that all foreign hunters be
accompanied by a licensed Mexican hunting guide. Your Hunting
License agent can advise you on this requirement. Hunting
License Cost is approx. $450 U.S. and includes Gun Permit.
whole process of obtaining, on your own, the required permits
and license is very time consuming, frustrating and discouraging
for the average U.S. hunter. Even if you speak perfect Spanish,
your better off arranging the license and permits through a U.S.
broker or a licensed Mexican Outfitter, which specializes in the
State that you are hunting. This assures you that a qualified
agent is looking out for your interest, and that the job will be
done in a manner which is acceptable to the State Agency for
which you are hunting. A list of Licensed Outfitters can be
requested from any Mexican Consulate in
the State you are going to hunt.
is to check out the
references for the people that you plan to use.
sense" questions when interviewing past clients of the
lodge or outfit. Don't take anything for granted, ask the most
basic questions you can think of.